Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In preparation for the student's test on Tuesday, we went over The Metamorphosis, and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, as well as a few poems on the syllabus. We discussed major themes and linked them with the other literature she had read, as well as specific examples from the literature to use to support probable test questions. We also reviewed test strategies."
"We continued working on sentence structure problems, including sentence fragments and run ons. Student still needs work with identifying parts of speech (e.g., conjunction vs. preposition), and may need to return to these lessons for review Improvement in identifying subject/predicate is noted during practice with sentence fragments. Introduced independent and dependent clauses; student was able to identify with roughly 60% accuracy. We will continue to work on these for a goal of 85-90% accuracy; Also introduced dangling modifiers. All of these are grammar/syntax concepts she should also be reviewing in her English class, so hopefully there will also be some in-class reinforcement"
"Developed the student's study guide for Beowulf. Watched a visual aide to highlight the Anglo-Saxon period of Briton and it's effects on modern literature analysis."
"The student wrote an essay about a character from a book she read this summer. She developed an opening paragraph that contained a strong thesis sentence. She then followed up with three paragraphs to back up the thesis sentence and a fifth paragraph that supported and expanded on her opening paragraph. She did all this with a good understanding of the process and with strong sentence structure, spelling and mechanics. We followed up with some word choice exercises. She chose five words from her essay and worked on finding alternatives for them. First, she worked on her own and came up with a number of synonyms. She then used a thesaurus to extend her list. She showed good ability to determine which synonyms best met the meaning she wanted to express. All in all, an excellent session."
"We spent much of the session today reading the Noam Chomsky essay on New Horizons in the Study of Language so that the student feels that he understands what he is reading. We discussed his tendency to race ahead and get a superficial understanding of what he is reading and then realize afterwards that he is unsure of the overall meaning of what he has read. This Chomsky reading is a difficult text for anyone at any level and particularly difficult for someone at his level and with his speed reading tendencies. We struggled with the text and will return to it tomorrow. We shall also return to finalize the bibliography and paragraph structure of his essay on language and oppression."
"Today the student and I worked on vocabulary and I taught her the difference between using technical and physical definitions of words versus the metaphorical uses for words. She did very well grasping the concept and understanding that you have to base it on context. I told her to continue working on vocabulary as she has been. I challenged her to watch the news on TV in English every day. She is coming along fairly well but she still has a long way to go to gain fluency."